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Snow Friday marks return of colder air as forecasters eye potential for bigger storm early next week

Light snow fell across Carroll Friday, as forecasters eye potential for storm early next week.

Light snow is expected to fall across Carroll through Friday morning. Less than a half inch of accumulation, mainly on the grass, is expected according to the National Weather Service.

Snow showers could cross the area during the afternoon as cold air flows in from the northwest. We will see the longest streatch of cold weather we've seen in several weeks across the region for the weekend and into the middle of next week as highs will be in the low 30s.

Thursday's high reached 68 at the Carroll County Airport according to data from the National Weather Service. But temps fell overnight and rain turned to snow Friday morning. But with surface temperatures still above freezing, it mainly left Carroll wet and looking like a snow globe while it fell.

A weekend storm forecasters were watching earlier in the week will stay to our south with a chance of snow in central Virginia.

Forecasters are watching the potential for a coastal storm to develop early next week. It's still too early to determine just what impact the storm could bring, but cold air will be in place so this could be the highest impact so far this winter season. The best time for the highest of impact appears to be late Monday into Tuesday.

Accumulating snowfalls in March are not unheard of, especially following particularly mild winters.

According to the National Weather Service, this past meteorological winter period, December through February, was the third warmest on record in the Washington, D.C. area. The only warmer winters were 1931-32 and 1889-90. The area saw a 3-inch snowfall on March 6 and 7, 1932 and a 4-inch snowfall on March 31, 1890.

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